Orville Clarke, Gleaner Writer
Two-year-old maidens take the spotlight at Caymanas Park today when they contest the annual renewal of the Lester Saunders Memorial Trophy over 1400 metres.
The race has attracted eight native breds, including the lone debutant DIFERENTGENERATION, with joint leading jockey Shane Ellis riding for trainer Rowan Mathie.
The bay colt by Congaree out of Cotta's Jewel reports well forward in condition, having pleased in his preparation for this initial outing.
DIFERENTGENERATION looked real sharp at exercise on Wednesday, October 19, galloping 51/2 furlongs in a brisk 1:07.1 by 1:01.0.
As a result of that workout, DIFERENTGENERATION is coming to run and will more than likely start favourite to give Ellis a precious winner in his intriguing contest with Dick Cardenas and Omar Walker for the jockeys' championship.
DIFERENTGENERATION can expect stiff competition from CASH TALKS, who caught the eye when finishing 33/4 lengths third (staying on well) to RAGING PROSPECT in the valuable Hi-Pro Stables Choice Feeds Trophy over 1300 metres on Heroes Day (October 17), and to a lesser extent XHOSA and UNCLE DONNY, to be ridden by co-leading rider Cardenas for trainer Anthony 'Baba' Nunes.
The latter, a grey colt by Dayton Flyer out of the Royal Minister mare Pretty Hilly, was never a factor on his recent debut behind RAGING PROSPECT in the Hi-Pro, finishing 91/2 lengths eighth.
UNCLE DONNY, however, has been looking up at exercise since and a competitive effort seems imminent.
Still, DIFERENTGENERATION is working too well to be opposed, even though the Patrick Fong-trained CASH TALKS, to be ridden by veteran jockey Vassell Najair for his wife, Janet, should ensure he is extended in the closing stages.
The guardian should win
Elsewhere on the nine-race programme, THE GUARDIAN, with Ellis riding for champion trainer Wayne DaCosta, should win the 3-y-o and up overnight allowance race (eighth) over 1100 metres ahead of the American filly DA BOOM, ROLEX and SOCA PARTY in a field of 11.
The six-year-old gelding, who is down in class, finished last of six behind SAINT CECELIA in the grade one None Such Sprint on October 15, but now back among his peers and the blinkers removed, is going to prove a different kettle of fish.
THE GUARDIAN looked sharp at exercise last Saturday morning, and from the convenient mark of 54.0kg, should lead home DA BOOM (also working well) and ROLEX.
Other firm fancies on the card are the well-prepared BLAST THEM AWAY (Ellis up) in the opening race for two-year-olds; DOLLA WIN to stave off ANDY CAPP in the fourth; STRAIGHT A'S to upstage the recent winner CANDACE in the sixth; and JJ'S GIRL to catch RIBBON IN THE SKY in the seventh over 1820 metres for maiden three-year-olds.